Punctuation That Links But Keeps Its Distance

a: The hyphen ~
b: a little grammatical bridge

What: "Many married Black women have begun hyphenating their last names. This tradition seems to be getting more and more popular within our community: probably because it implies that a woman's independence and individuality can be equal to her reliance and solidarity to her husband. The hyphen is like a little grammatical bridge, that crosses any gaps, gorges, or ravines between a woman's identity when she was single, and her new identity as a wife."

Writer: Charles Kellom
Date: Oct 11 2013 5:31 PM

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